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Two years ago I made an impulse buy. I spotted these ‘knit-a-toy’ packs at the supermarket and my creative urges got the better of me. “Great,” I thought. “The kids’ll love those.”
But when I got home I discovered that they weren’t the beginner kits I’d naively assumed. What the hell was ‘ss’? How did you knit, let alone purl?!
Unfortunately the kids had already spotted them, so I couldn’t stick them in a cupboard and forget about them.
Luckily, there’s this thing called ‘Google’ and better yet, ‘Youtube’.
So, I taught myself to knit. And although my first attempt was a bit bodged and uneven, I finished it and Jason loved it.
I was feeling pretty confident when I started the fluffy bunny for Frankie. But then I discovered the evils of thin needles and fluffy wool.
Imagine something you’re not very good at, and then imagine having to do it in a darkened room with your elbows tied together. (Ok, depending on what you’ve imagined, some things will be more manageable than others, but I’m sure you get the picture).
Occasionally over the next two years, (when I got the big-eyed look and the wistful “When are you going to finish my rabbit?”) I’d take it out again and attempt a bit more. But it was painful progress.
Then before Christmas (the looks were getting more mournful), I made a concerted effort but didn’t get there in time, and with the lack of a deadline I slacked off again.
But the end was in sight. I’d got this far –>
Frankie took to carrying it around – a headless bunny, after all was better than no bunny at all – and this rather gruesome reminder spurred me on to finish the dang thing.
So what, (if you’ve made it this far), does this have to do with writing?
Well, if I can take something I have no experience of, learn it, complete it and end up with a happy customer, then just think what I ought to be able to do with something I’m good at!